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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on the 4 Decision Questions. A business owner reader of this email responded, “I have used the four questions to great benefit.” Have you used the 4 Questions in your decision making process?
This week we will focus on Decision Making: God’s Role / Our Role. We often confuse who is supposed to do what. Sometimes I try to do God’s role and fail to do what I should be doing. Sometimes I think I should let go and let God, but fail to do what I should. Other times I act as if it is all up to me. Can you relate to this?
“So now we must choose another man to take Judas’s place. It must be someone who has been with us all the time that we were with the Lord Jesus — from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us into heaven. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.” So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they all prayed for the right man to be chosen. “O Lord,” they said, “you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas the traitor in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and in this way Matthias was chosen and became an apostle with the other eleven. Acts 1:21-26 NLT
The disciples knew they needed to take action and replace Judas. First they established some criteria. Then they nominated two men who met the criteria. Next they prayed for the right man to be chosen, specifically for the Lord’s choice. Then they cast lots. They did their role, and left the final decision up to God. They understood God’s role and their role.
The New Testament nowhere instructs Christians to caste lots in decision-making. We have the completed Word of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide us. The Word, the Spirit, and prayer are sufficient for discerning God’s will today—not casting lots, rolling dice, or flipping a coin.
We need to remind ourselves, God is totally sovereign, 100%. And, we need to remind ourselves man has a free will, 100%. Since God is totally sovereign what’s my role? Since man has a free will, what is God’s role? Both being 100% can be hard to understand with our finite minds. Something that can help us understand – 2000 years ago when Jesus physically walked on Earth, He was fully God, and He was fully man. Not 50/50 or 80/20, He was 100/100. Mathematically that doesn’t make sense. Just like Jesus’ divinity and humanity are both 100%, God’s sovereignty and man’s free will are both 100%. This too doesn’t make mathematic sense. Perhaps you’ve heard the expression – pray like it all depends on God, work like it all depends on you! Operate as if God’s 100% sovereignty and man’s 100% free will are both true – they are!
James gives us good advice: If you need wisdom — if you want to know what God wants you to do — ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do. James 1:5-8 NLT
Are you facing a critical decision? Consider the 3 Hinges, throwing the Decision Switch, asking the 4 Questions, and clarifying God’s Role/Our Role.
Bit of Wisdom
We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
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Paul Lantz, CBMC